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Right-wing populists win in regional elections in the Netherlands

The right-wing populist party "Forum for democracy" is the winner of the provincial elections in the Netherlands. The coalition of Prime Minister Rutte lost its majority. And yet, one party slipped.

In the case of the regional elections in the Netherlands has become the right-wing populist party "Forum for democracy" on the first go, the strongest political force. The Forum with party leader Thierry Baudet is against Immigration and Europe, and rejects also an active climate protection policy. The party took part for the first Time in these elections.

The centre-Right coalition lost its majority in the First chamber of the Parliament, as the provisional end result. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is now dependent on the Opposition to the law project. This First chamber of the German Bundesrat compared.

head of government mark Rutte have to accept the regional election losses for his VVD.

success at the expense of Wilders

In the First chamber, the "Forum for democracy", with about 16 percent most powerful group and represents, in the future, probably twelve members and the same number of Rutte as the right-wing liberal VVD of Prime Minister. Also significantly, the green party GroenLinks, the feeding with nine deputies in the chamber and thus more than twice as much as previously won.

in Contrast, the Islamophobic freedom party (PVV) lost some of the right-wing populists, Wilders almost half of the seats and is now on place five. The success of the right-wing populists went even at the expense of Wilders ' party. The choice of research Institute Ipsos found that 30 percent of the Forum-voters had previously given to the Wilders-party your voice. The rest of the votes came mainly from the centre-right liberal and Christian-democratic government party.

in terms of Content, the Forum and the "party for democracy" in a similar way. However, while Wilders is not organized his party democratically and no members permits, has advertised the Forum in a good two years around 30,000 members. In an unprecedented campaign Baudet and his comrades-in-arms by the country to Woo voters.

Less radical and, therefore, acceptable

According to the expert, the Forum for the voters is less radical than Wilders and his Anti-Islam stance, and therefore more socially acceptable. In addition, Baudet had benefited from current issues such as the shots in Utrecht. While all the other parties had interrupted the election campaign out of respect, he continued his campaign and made the coalition for the fact responsible.

The four parties of the conservative coalition government of Prime Minister Rutte to come in the First chamber in the future, only on 31, instead of the previous 38 seats. To be able to continue to rule, the coalition on the support of other parties. "And now we have to get to work," said Rutte. He has held the office of Prime Minister for eight years.

In the case of the election are determined, the approximately 570 members in the twelve provinces of the Netherlands. These select from among the 75 members of the First chamber of the Parliament in The Hague.

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